Dean DePriest

Albert Dean DePriest of Vancouver, Wash., formally St. Helens, passed away peacefully Feb. 22, 2012. He was 85.

Dean was born Aug. 20, 1926, in Longview Wash., alongside his twin brother, Gene, to Ralph and Eva (Elliott) DePriest.

After attending high school in Longview, he joined the U.S. Navy and proudly served two years of duty, 1944 through 1946. He served time in the Philippines with the Seabees building docks and off-loading cargo. After his release from duty, he went on to college attending Lower Columbia and graduating from the University of Washington in 1950.

After graduation he soon married his high school sweetheart, Harriett M. Satterlee on July 26, 1947, and began working for Long Bell Lumber shortly thereafter.

After a number of years in Longview, he transferred to their mill in Reedsport located along the central Oregon coast where the family resided until 1965.

It was then that he moved to St. Helens to begin work for Boise Cascade in human resources. He transferred to their Wallula mill and lived in Pasco, Wash., from 1968 to 1971. He finished his career back at the St. Helens mill retiring as human resource manager in 1986.

He took every opportunity to spend time with family and friends, and became a great spectator of his grandchildren's activities offering support and encouragement at every opportunity.

He was an avid reader, enjoyed playing chess, bridge and looked forward to his monthly investment and poker groups.

Although outnumbered on many occasions, he loved to cheer and root for his beloved 'Huskies.'

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Harriett; children, Mark (Lydia) and Richard, all of Vancouver, and son, David (Janell) of Warren; seven grandchildren; three great-grand-children; sisters, Sue (Bert) Urie and Jackie (David) Soleim; and fraternal twin brothers, Dale (Jeanette) and Gale (Susan) DePriest. He was preceded in death by a son, Donald; and his identical twin brother, Gene.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 3, at Evergreen Memorial Gardens in Vancouver, Wash.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer's Association and Hospice Care.

Michael Richter

Michael 'Mike' Orley Richter of Scappoose died Feb. 22, 2012, at his home. He was 51.

Mr. Richter was born May 30, 1960, in Ketchikan, Alaska, the son of the late Donald Richter and Velda (Fink) Richter.

At the age of five years old, he moved with his family to Oregon, settling in Gaston, where he was raised and received his education. He was a graduate of the Gaston High School Class of 1979.

On May 16, 1992, he was united in marriage to Sandra 'Sandy' Elizabeth Nichols at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church in Forest Grove. Following their marriage they made their home in the St. Johns district of Portland. In 2003, they moved to their present home in Scappoose, where they have resided since. They celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary in May of 2011.

After graduating from high school he became a 3rd generation timberfaller, and worked as a treefaller in the logging industry for eighteen years for several local logging companies. He left the logging occupation and went on to become a longshoreman and union member of Local #8, I.L.W.U.-P.M.A. He found his place on the waterfront as a steady longshoreman at the T-6 gearlocker, where he was loved and admired by his brothers on the waterfront for the past fourteen years.

Raised in the Catholic faith, he had been a member of St. John Parish in Yamhill.

Among his special interests he enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and vacationing with his family.

He was also was an avid outdoorsman and loved to involve his family in all activities and chores that pertained to camping, fishing and hunting. His father played a major role in teaching him the skills of hunting and fishing. He was the best of both. He loved his boat, as it assisted him in bringing in loads of crab from the bay and endless pounds of fish. He was truly 'The Captain of the Boat.' He has returned to the land that he respected and cherished his entire life.

He will always be loved and remembered.

He is survived by his wife, Sandy Richter of the family home in Scappoose; son, Jeremy Michael Richter of Scappoose; daughter, Ashley Irene Richter of Scappoose; mother, Velda Richter of Carlton; brothers and sisters-in-law, Don and Ronda Richter, and John and Louise Richter, all of Gaston, and Kelly Richter and Gregg Richter, both of Carlton; mother-in-law and spouse, Jeannie and Leon Scudder of Hillsboro; father-in-law and spouse, Jim and Vicki Nichols of Dilley; and many sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Don Richter; and uncle, Ed Richter.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Feb. 28 at St. Anthony's Catholic Church in Forest Grove.

Burial rites and interment followed at the Forest View Cemetery in Forest Grove.

The family suggests that memorial gifts in his memory be made to the American Cancer Society, 330 S.W. Curry St., Portland, OR 97239 or Relay for Life, Forest Grove Chapter, c/o Cathy Hundley, 1102 Birch St., Forest Grove, OR 97116.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are by Fuiten, Rose and Hoyt Funeral Home in Forest Grove.

Hazel Ricker

Hazel Elma Ricker of St. Helens passed away Feb. 26, 2012. She was 92.

Hazel was born Sept. 14, 1919, in St. Cloud, Minn., to James Arthur and Ina (Harrington) Pengra, and was the second of six children.

Her family moved to St. Helens in 1925 where she graduated high school in 1937.

On Aug. 30, 1940, she married Clifford Benjamin Ricker in Vancouver, Wash. They had 55 years of a wonderful marriage. He preceded her in death in 1995.

They were members of the First Lutheran Church of St. Helens.

She took pleasure in being home for her family, and enjoyed her time reading, cooking, gardening and watching the Lawrence Welk Show.

She is survived by her sons, Dean Ricker and daughter-in-law, Emily, of St. Helens, Gary Ricker of St. Helens, and Larry Ricker of Portland; grandchildren, April Messenger (Travis) and Stephanie Ricker; great-grandchildren, Abby and Kalani Messenger, and Michaela Lloyd; and brother, Bill Pengra.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 3, at the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Landas Stricklin

Landas J. Stricklin of Scappoose died Feb. 23, 2012. She was 70.

Funeral services are pending.

Arrangements are by the Columbia Funeral Home in St. Helens.

Scot Tackett

Scot Edward Tackett died Feb. 5, 2012, in San Diego, Calif. He was 49.

Scot was born July 15, 1962, in Portland. He was the first of three sons, born to Richard and Sherry Tackett.

While he lived in a different place, as an adult he considered Scappoose his hometown.

He often told stories of the fun and mischief he and his many friends had growing up.

He enjoyed many different occupations in his life, but the one he enjoyed most was being a father and grandfather.

Later in life he earned a degree in network administration from South Puget Sound Community College in 2002. After gaining some work experience in the field of network administration he opened his own networking company, Progressive Tech Solutions, in 2007.

He moved to San Diego, Calif., in May of 2011 to care for his aunt after the passing of her husband.

Among the things he enjoyed were fishing, camping, snow skiing, playing softball, watching his beloved Oregon Ducks play just about anything, but especially football, watching live Chargers games, and most of all spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his children, Kristina (Tina) and Aaron La Casse of Forest Grove, Ashley and Luis Tachiquin of San Diego, Calif., and Mathew (Matt) Tackett of Portland; three grandsons; mother and step father, Frank and Sherry Grimes of Nehalem; brothers, Rick and Mike Tackett; aunt, Florence Kinshella of San Diego, Calif.; his beloved Springer spaniel, Gauge; and many much loved extended family and friends. He was preceded in death by his father, Richard Tackett of Oakville, Wash.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Details will be posted on Scot's Facebook page.

Interment will be at Union Point Cemetery in Banks at a later date.

For more information call Tina, 503-809-1701 or Matt, 847-406-6362.

Shirley Wells

Shirley May Wells Chulufas of Rainier passed away Feb. 25, 2012, in Longview, Wash. She was 82.

Shirley was born May 9, 1929, in Thunder Hawk, S.D., to Emil C. and Emma Hattie (Rogers) Jahnel, and was the eighth of nine children.

Educated in Lemmon, S.D., after high school she attended nursing school in Bismarck, N.D.

She relocated to Pasco, Wash., for her first nursing job. It was there in 1952 she met and married Trygve Randen. He preceded her in death in 1972.

In 1953 they moved to Scappoose, where for the next 20 plus years she worked as a nurse for Physicians and Surgeons Hospital in Portland, and later retired from Holiday Park Hospital.

In 1978 she relocated to Vancouver, and then moved back to the Rainier area in 2001 where she lived until her death.

She married her good friend, Richard Chulufas in 2000.

Among the things she enjoyed were golfing, fishing, flying with friends in private airplanes and knitting.

She is survived by her husband, Richard Chulufas; daughter, Annie Randen-Queen of Rainier; grandchildren, Haley and James Queen; and siblings, Ida Schauss of Kennewick, Wash., Larry Jahnel of Pasco, Wash., and Lester Jahnel of Oklahoma City, Okla.

A celebration of life service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Plymouth Presbyterian Church in St. Helens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

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